Define Dark

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Ruben van Leusden
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Define Dark

As most of you can see from just looking at the pictures of this build, I really don't like bright colors all that much. Let alone RGB-lightning. All I want is subtle *actual* white LED's to highlight shiny details in an otherwise monochrome, dark aesthetic theme.

The build is based on what used to be a stock Fractal Design, Define S - the 1.0 variant, but soon received the good ol' Dremel-treatment. I really wanted to slap a badboy-420mm radiator in there, and without modifications it would just not fit in this case.
Keep in mind that I started this build before any information was available about the new iteration of this cases. Not even a word on R6 yet.

So what I did to make the radiator fit in the top-compartment of the case?
Easy. I chopped it up good.
Real good..
As you can see in the picture with the 3 custom made parts hanging to dry from a new coat of paint. Black paint of course.

So after that was taken care of, I kind of went down the rabbit-hole... You know, when you have a certain vision of what you want - and decide to dive straight in? Yeah. It's awesome.

As can be seen in the pictures, I got rid of the complete factory Motherboard mounting-plate. Pulled it straight out and replaced it with a nice, smooth, clean and minimal 3mm thick hand-bent sheet of aluminium with integrated PSU shroud.
After that, I cut out a couple more pieces of aluminium sheet to cover up the back of the case and finish it off, resulting in a minimalistic - clean - flat and (if you'd ask me) perfect package.

It was a nightmare at times.
But absolutely worth it in the end!

All cables are custom made by myself, as making custom sleeved cables and extensions is the first thing I picked up when I started building custom PC's. It didn't take too long before I wanted more Emoji

Color(s): Black Gray Silver
RGB Lighting? No
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Theme: Futuristic
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

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Build Updates

Instability, frustration, more work - success!

Hardware

CPU
$ 394.31
Intel - Core i7 6800K
Socket: LGA 2011
Cores: 6
Motherboard
$ 395.00
ASUS - ROG Strix X99 Gaming
Chipset: X99
CPU Socket: LGA 2011
Size: ATX
Memory
Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT (2400MHz) (Grey)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 32 GB
Graphics
$ 1,064.00
EVGA - 1080 Ti FTW3
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 1080 Ti
Storage
$ 69.99
Samsung - 850 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 500 GB
Storage
$ 114.99
Samsung - 960 EVO
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 250 GB
Case
Fractal Design - Define S, Black
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Window
Case Fan
$ 24.90
Cooling
Barrow - Fittings
Type: Custom Loop
Cooling
$ 35.28
Cooling
$ 129.89
EKWB - CoolStream CE
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 420 mm (3 x 140 mm)
Cooling
$ 199.99
EKWB - EK FC1080Ti FTW3 Acetal+Nickel
Type: GPU Waterblock
Cooling
$ 17.75
EKWB - EK-M.2 NVMe Heatsink - Nickel
Type: M.2 Heatsink
Size (WxHxD): 80 mm
Cooling
EKWB - EK-Supremacy EVO - Nickel
Type: CPU Waterblock
Cooling
$ 56.80
EKWB - EVGA 1080ti FTW3 Nickel Backplate
Type: GPU Backplate
Cooling
$ 69.99
EKWB - RAM Monarch
Type: Custom Loop
Cooling
$ 68.71
Laing - DDC-Pump
Type: Pump
Accessories
$ 168.52
Accessories
$ 23.99
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